Quick Hits: Carly Rae Jepsen, Noel Gallagher & Snow Patrol, Afghan Whigs, Big Day Out, Ben Folds Five, Queensryche, Mandy Moore & Ryan Adams, Passion Pit
July 16, 2012
Carly Rae Jepsen
When Carly Rae Jepsen finally puts out her debut album in September, it will feature some really special guests such as LMFAO's Redfoo and her mentor, Justin Bieber. "The way my album has come together has been sort of a shock for me," Jepsen told MTV News. As for her track with Redfoo, the "Call Me Maybe" singer explained, "It's really neat. We made friends and started working on a song together, and we actually started working on a majority of that song over the phone." Jepsen also worked with Jack Antonoff from the band fun., "And the last collaboration is a song with Justin Bieber," she said. "We're gonna do a little duet. And then the rest [of the songs] are sort of like, I think 'Call Me Maybe' is a pretty fair representation. It is pop, but there's also dance-pop and a little hint of folk-pop."
Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds and Snow Patrol will do a co-headlining U.S. tour in the fall, which will kick off in Portland, OR on October 23. Tickets begin to go on sale this Friday, July 20 at 10 a.m. local time. The tour is set to run through November 9 in Houston.
The Afghan Whigs are now offering a free download of the song "Lovecrimes at their website, theafghanwhigs.com. Originally released by Frank Ocean in 2011 on his debut mixtape, the track has become a staple of The Afghan Whigs live set since their reformation this year. "Lovecrimes" also is the second new studio recording from the reunited band following the release of "See And Donít See" in May. Meanwhile, The Afghan Whigs have added six new tour dates in North America, including Boston and Philadelphia in September and Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle and Portland in November. Tickets for all shows go on sale this week.
Red Hot Chili Peppers and The Killers will headline Australia's Big Day Out festival in January 2013. Big Day Out also welcomes more than 30 first-timers to the tour in 2013 including Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Vampire Weekend, Band Of Horses, B.o.B., Sleigh Bells and many more.
The reunited Ben Folds Five is releasing The Sound Of The Life Of The Mind, the group's first album of new music in 13 years, on September 18. The music's genesis took place via a successful grassroots direct-to-fans campaign on PledgeMusic, where artists and fans work together with charities to create albums and other projects. A portion of the funds generated by album sales and other BF5 items ordered by fans through PledgeMusic will be used to support Music Education and Music Therapy, a charity personally chosen by Ben Folds Five. Meanwhile, the band will return to the road this fall with a major North American tour starting on September 13 in Holyoke, MA.
After ex-Queensryche singer Geoff Tate filed a lawsuit to keep his former bandmates from using the Queensryche moniker, the band defeated a motion for a preliminary injunction that would have kept it from touring and operating under the name, according to Billboard.com. The act is defending a complaint filed by Tate, which claims that the band illegally fired him and are tarnishing the group's brand by attempting to continue without him. However, the court decided that Queensryche is allowed to continue for now. "We are excited that the Washington courts saw what we and the fans have always known, that Queensryche is more than any one member," AGPS Management senior manager Glen Parrish said in a statement. "We are sorry we had to go to court to show this, but we are determined to bring back the quality product Queensryche was known for. We can't wait to unveil to the fans what [the band creates] next musically."
Mandy Moore is working on her next album, and she's getting some help from her singer/songwriter husband, Ryan Adams. "I'm probably going to work with my husband on this album," she told CBSNews.com. "I'm not sure necessarily in what capacity, but we've been writing a little bit together. He has a studio, so I definitely want to make my record there." Moore hopes the album will be ready for release at the end of this year or beginning of next, and she added that being happily married has really inspired the music. "There's tremendous influence right now around the house -- from the music I've been introduced to and being very happy and in a healthy, happy relationship," she said. "I think that still garners a lot of material to write about."
Indie-pop band Passion Pit has announced the cancellation of several of their upcoming tour dates, just as the group is set to release their anticipated new album Gossamer next week. Six dates in July have been scrapped, as their touring will now kick off in Chicago over Lollapalooza weekend. In a note on their website, frontman Michael Angelakos wrote, "On behalf of the band and myself, I would like to greatly apologize for the show cancelations. In order for me to ensure that there will be no further disruptions, I am going to take the time to work on improving my mental health. For now, I'd like to thank all of our fans for their understanding. I hope to see all of you very soon in a much different light."